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... love" towards Sarah.
Sarah is a diving widow this week and this is why we are here. The Aussies are doing their certification leaving Ian to tread the balance of enjoying some fine diving and giving the cat some time off.
Last day we hired a car, Luke was designated driver (very brave) and we scouted the island for lesser seen gems.
We were up at 6am again to meet the rest of our group for breakfast before diving. This morning we went straight out to do our first two open water dives without having to do any skills! Sam told us about some of the fish and aquatic life we could expect to see en-route to the dive site. There were lots of angel and parrot fish, then a very inquisitive Ramora appeared, ...
... The road headed back inland from West End and up into the hills, by road it took us about 6km to travel less than 2km down the coast. This explained why water taxis between the two places were so popular. There was no parking close to the beach, so Maria jumped off (as well as she could with her sore legs) to take some photos of the beach. Photos taken, we were back on the road to West End to return the scooter. We ended up paying only 30 US dollars plus ...
... and soft corals but perhaps not as much marine life apart from the six enormous grouper that seemed to follow us for the entire dive. Apart from that, there was one lobster and a few crab legs scattered around.
Back on shore, it was a lazy afternoon - we are adapting to 'island style' very quickly. We ate a late lunch on our balcony and then walked down to the beach to wallow in the warm water for an hour or so.
... a warm shower! Then the rain stopped and headed back to the dive shop for the second dive at 11.30am. For the second dive, we went to Turtle Crossing. The name is a bit misleading, there were no turtles. But again the corals were nice. Mostly flat, with some sandy patches. The water is very very blue and clear here. Some sunshine at last! For lunch, I popped to a tortilla cafe next door. For $1 you could get a baleada - a flour tortilla filled with beans ...